Last season NF1 basketball was supposed to be easy for Dunkerque Malo as well as Christian Devos' team would have challenged for honours and promotion to the LFB.
Yet they had not started well and had spent the first half of the season in the wrong end of the table. By the time they had recovered, it was too late for a play-off spot.
Dunkerque finished in 9th place and Christian Devos retired as head coach. He is now the general manager while his son Sebastian has become head coach.
In addition Sonia Bal, Virginie Delépine, Jéhanne Detry and Emilie Venier decided to stop playing basketball for various reasons.
This season Dunkerque Malo have only been beaten twice and are in joint first place with next week's opponents Charleville-Mézières.
Dunkerque travelled to Laveyron this weekend and came away with a victory (80-69).
Mariame Dia scored 22 points and collected 13 rebounds. Amélie Fresnais and Katalin Kurtosi scored 20 points each.
Charleville-Mézières were unable to make it 7 wins in a row when they fell on the road to Nice 06 BC (64-73).
Nice had the better start to the match and led (13-4) after just four minutes of play. However Charleville-Mézières clawed their way back into the match to lead (23-21) by the end of the first quarter.
The second quarter was not as explosive and scoring was more difficult. All the same the guests went into the locker room leading (33-32).
Nice turned things around after the break.
With Laurence Cayot finding the target from behind the arc, the hosts went into the final quarter ahead (55-51).
Barbara Cousin fired in a three-pointer to open the scoring in the final ten minutes for the hosts (58-51) who then controlled the pace of the game.
Cayot led the scoring with 22 points while Jeanne Senghor scored 14 points, collected 10 rebounds and dished out 4 assists.
UHB-SA did not play well and have to thank Laëtitia Kamba (left) for maintaining their unbeaten record at home with a victory against Roche Vendée (66-63).
Kamba finished the match with 24 points, 14 rebounds, 5 steals and 3 assists. If UHB-SA beat the CFBB on Wednesday then they will join Dunkerque and Charleville-Mézières in first place.
The rest of the news from the NF1 basketball weekend
Illkirch-Graffenstaden had the better of the weekend games with a road victory (67-63) against Rennes.
This result leaves them two games clear of the teams tied for 5th place. Céline Schmitt-Sendner led the SIG attack with 19 points.
Lyon ended the winning streak of Reims (87-78) while Voiron had to wait until the final quarter in overturning Tours (72-68).
Pleyber-Christ are making history in NF1 with a third victory in a row. Naignouma Coulibaly was once again in the action with 27 points and 13 rebounds.
Rose-Marie Ciss added 18 points and picked up 11 rebounds as Pleyber-Christ beat CSP Rezé (78-60).
Charnay-lès-Macon scrapped through against the CFBB (56-51) after leading (31-14) with 14 minutes played. Melissa Washinghton's 13 points and 6 rebounds made her the player of the match.
All the results from round 12 of games in 2009-2010 for the Nationale Féminine 1 are listed below: